Match Day is the third Friday of every March where fourth year medical students learn where they will continue their study (residency, internship, or fellowship) for the next three to seven years. According to the National Resident Matching Program, 2017 marks the highest number of applicants and positions offered. Over 31,000 positions were offered; that’s 31,000 new young physicians!!
Match Day may be one of the most nerve-wracking moments of a medical student. Medical school is a strict time period where students are forced to isolate themselves from the outside world. Who knows how many gatherings, reunions, birthdays, weddings, funerals, etc. have been missed during these years. After eight years of continuous study (4 years undergraduate, 4 years medical school), these hard working students are finally able to start settling down. Daughters and sons are finally able to return back to their hometowns and reunite with their family and friends. Others may finally start new lives in new states. Wherever they go, these doctors are now able to practice with their own hands, a goal that so many years and efforts have finally conquered.
After reading through many touching posts, I became excited and driven to work even harder. With such an increase in the number of positions, I know that the medical field will continue to grow. My future still looks strong. Although my high school years feel just like yesterday, in a blink of an eye I will be closer to my dream. In seven years, I will be able to experience this touching moment. Of course only with persistent hard work may my dream will come true. My first year in undergrad is almost coming to an end. Let’s finish this year strong!
Congratulations to all students, friends, and family members that are entering another chapter of life!